History Film / TheWickerMan

16th Jan '16 3:53:43 AM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreGeniuses Viewers: Argued by Creator/ChristopherLee in the DVDCommentary, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment very shortly before the remake was announced]]. -->'''Christopher Lee''': This attitude that "[[ViewersAreMorons people wouldn't understand]]" is far too prevalent in cinema today. People should be able to use what's left of their minds when they watch something.
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* ViewersAreGeniuses Viewers: : Argued by Creator/ChristopherLee in the DVDCommentary, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment very shortly before the remake was announced]]. -->'''Christopher Lee''': This attitude that "[[ViewersAreMorons people "people wouldn't understand]]" understand" is far too prevalent in cinema today. People should be able to use what's left of their minds when they watch something.
11th Jan '16 4:03:29 PM aye_amber
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* WouldHitAGirl: Sending elderly ladies flying into walls with karate-side kicks, in fact. Cage's character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiV2BUlFzk8 punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpsbAUEe90 punches another while wearing a bear costume]], {{kick|TheDog}}s Creator/LeeleeSobieski, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo bikejacks another woman at gunpoint]]. Which has all been condensed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-LYbB8RY1o here]]. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to [[VirginSacrifice burn a little girl alive]]. [[spoiler:That's what they ''want'' him to think.]]
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* WouldHitAGirl: Sending elderly ladies flying into walls with karate-side kicks, in fact. Cage's character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiV2BUlFzk8 punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpsbAUEe90 punches another while wearing a bear costume]], {{kick|TheDog}}s Creator/LeeleeSobieski, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo bikejacks another woman at gunpoint]]. Which has all been condensed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-LYbB8RY1o here]]. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to [[VirginSacrifice burn a little girl alive]]. [[spoiler:That's [[spoiler: That's what they ''want'' him to think.]]
12th Dec '15 4:34:30 PM VenomLancerHae
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Commenting out Zero Context Examples; one trope per line; deleting natter; Riff Trax is a work not a trope;
* AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Summerisle again.
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%% * AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Summerisle again.

* BatmanGambit
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%% * BatmanGambit

** GeniusBonus: "The Landlord's Daughter" and "Willow's Song" are both based on actual ditties - the latter a compilation of two - that are OlderThanDirt. In fact, the latter is considered one of the oldest recorded songs ''in the world''.

* CelibateHero
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* CorruptHick
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Summerisle * CreatorCameo: Robin Hardy plays the preacher in the scene in the church in the film's opening minutes. This is one of the major parts of the film cut from the theatrical release, but is available on the uncut (full 102-minute film) and middle (typically, 92 to 95 minutes) versions.
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%% * CrapsaccharineWorld: Summerisle * CreatorCameo: CreatorCameo: ** Robin Hardy plays the preacher in the scene in the church in the film's opening minutes. This is one of the major parts of the film cut from the theatrical release, but is available on the uncut (full 102-minute film) and middle (typically, 92 to 95 minutes) versions.

* CruelTwistEnding: Oh. Yeah.
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%% * CruelTwistEnding: Oh. Yeah.

* {{Cult}}
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%% * {{Cult}}

* DoomedMoralVictor * DoubleEntendre: The song Willow sings to seduce Howie is almost nothing but these.
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%% * DoomedMoralVictor * DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre: ** The song Willow sings to seduce Howie is almost nothing but these.

* DownerEnding * TheDragon: Oak
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%% * DownerEnding %% * TheDragon: Oak

* DyingCurse
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%% * DyingCurse

* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Rowan.]]
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%% * EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Rowan.]]

* {{Fanservice}}: Would you like to watch Britt Ekland [[http://vimeo.com/30010266 dance naked?]] ** Don't get too excited, since the [[spoiler: butt]] shots are a body double. To Ekland's disgust, people are forever asking her to autograph stills of that one particular scene. She has to patiently explain to them that it isn't actually her. * AFeteWorseThanDeath
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* {{Fanservice}}: {{Fanservice}}: Would you like to watch Britt Ekland [[http://vimeo.com/30010266 dance naked?]] ** naked?]] Don't get too excited, since the [[spoiler: butt]] shots are a body double. To Ekland's disgust, people are forever asking her to autograph stills of that one particular scene. She has to patiently explain to them that it isn't actually her. %% * AFeteWorseThanDeath

* ForTheEvulz: The only possible explanation for Daisy's beetle-abuse.
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* ForTheEvulz: ForTheEvulz: ** The only possible explanation for Daisy's beetle-abuse.

* GenreBusting: Is it a crime movie? A horror movie? A mystery? A [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane fantasy]] movie? You can even argue that it's a Musical, if you're so inclined... or an excuse (albeit a good one) for Fanservice.
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* GeniusBonus: "The Landlord's Daughter" and "Willow's Song" are both based on actual ditties - the latter a compilation of two - that are OlderThanDirt. In fact, the latter is considered one of the oldest recorded songs ''in the world''. * GenreBusting: Is it a crime movie? A horror movie? A mystery? A [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane fantasy]] movie? You can even argue that it's a Musical, if you're so inclined... or an excuse (albeit a good one) for Fanservice.

* HandOfGlory
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%% * HandOfGlory

* HolierThanThou / RealMenLoveJesus: Sgt. Howie's behaviour is, depending on interpretation, either that of a sanctimonious prude, that of a deeply honourable and upright officer motivated by his faith or both. * HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: May Day ** Although, according to the calendar in the chemist's, it ''is'' a Tuesday. *** Just not a ''simple'' Tuesday. **** [[Film/StreetFighter The day Sergeant Howie graced their village was the most important day of their lives]], but for him... [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was Tuesday]].
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* HolierThanThou / RealMenLoveJesus: HolierThanThou: Sgt. Howie's behaviour is, depending on interpretation, either that of a sanctimonious prude, that of a deeply honourable and upright officer motivated by his faith or both. * HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The movie is set at May Day ** Day. Although, according to the calendar in the chemist's, it ''is'' a Tuesday. *** Tuesday. Just not a ''simple'' Tuesday. **** [[Film/StreetFighter The day Sergeant Howie graced their village was the most important day of their lives]], but for him... [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was Tuesday]].normal Tuesday.

* LargeHam: Creator/ChristopherLee.
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%% * LargeHam: Creator/ChristopherLee.

* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
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%% * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane

* [[MyCarHatesMe My Hydroplane Hates Me]]
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%% * [[MyCarHatesMe My Hydroplane Hates Me]]MyCarHatesMe: His hydroplane breaks down.

* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: ** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.

* OhCrap: This is one of the few films where the main character can shout "Oh Jesus Christ!" and have it come across as a true, in-character OhCrap moment.
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* OhCrap: OhCrap: ** This is one of the few films where the main character can shout "Oh Jesus Christ!" and have it come across as a true, in-character OhCrap moment.

* PeekABooCorpse: But it's in a coffin.
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* PeekABooCorpse: PeekABooCorpse: ** But it's in a coffin.

* TheRadioDiesFirst * ReligiousHorror
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%% * TheRadioDiesFirst %% * ReligiousHorror

* SceneryPorn
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%% * SceneryPorn

* ShownTheirWork
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%% * ShownTheirWork

* SmugSnake: [=MacGregor=] the innkeeper. What a loathsome creature he is. * SoundtrackDissonance
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%% * SmugSnake: [=MacGregor=] the innkeeper. What a loathsome creature he is. %% * SoundtrackDissonance

* TownWithADarkSecret
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%% * TownWithADarkSecret

* TooDumbToLive: Though Howie isn't as dumb as Edward Malus from the remake, one has to wonder why he would go investigate a missing person's case on a remote island ''by himself''.
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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive: ** Though Howie isn't as dumb as Edward Malus from the remake, one has to wonder why he would go investigate a missing person's case on a remote island ''by himself''.

* TheVamp: [[spoiler:Willow]] * [[ViewersAreGeniuses Viewers Are Of At Least Average Intelligence]]: Argued by Creator/ChristopherLee in the DVDCommentary, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment very shortly before the remake was announced]].
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%% * TheVamp: [[spoiler:Willow]] * [[ViewersAreGeniuses Viewers Are Of At Least Average Intelligence]]: ViewersAreGeniuses Viewers: Argued by Creator/ChristopherLee in the DVDCommentary, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment very shortly before the remake was announced]].

* VirginSacrifice
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%% * VirginSacrifice

* MeaningfulName: The protagonist Edward '''Malus''', a lawman who spends the movie investigating a pagan cult, may be named for the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum Malleus]]''' Malificarum, a treatise on prosecuting witches published in the 15th century.
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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName: ** The protagonist Edward '''Malus''', a lawman who spends the movie investigating a pagan cult, may be named for the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum Malleus]]''' Malificarum, a treatise on prosecuting witches published in the 15th century.

* Podcast/RiffTrax: It makes the movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyeHf1ZK2dY watchable]]. * ShootTheShaggyDog * ShoutOut: Nightmares about blonde girls in red raincoats are a reference to ''Film/DontLookNow''.
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* Podcast/RiffTrax: It makes the movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyeHf1ZK2dY watchable]]. %% * ShootTheShaggyDog * ShoutOut: ShoutOut: ** Nightmares about blonde girls in red raincoats are a reference to ''Film/DontLookNow''.

* TooDumbToLive: Edward, Cage's character - he barges onto the island and tries to throw his police weight around, with no plan, no actual authority to enforce the non-existent plan, and no backup. Not even a token visit to the local police to explain why he's there.
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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive: ** Edward, Cage's character - he barges onto the island and tries to throw his police weight around, with no plan, no actual authority to enforce the non-existent plan, and no backup. Not even a token visit to the local police to explain why he's there.
9th Dec '15 8:10:13 AM rjd1922
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* TooDumbToLive: Edward, Cage's character - he barges onto the island and tries to throw his police weight around, with no plan, no actual authority enforce the non-existent plan and no backup. Not even a token visit to the local police to explain why he's there. ** Again, allergic to bees, yet goes to an island famous for...bee keeping.
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* TooDumbToLive: Edward, Cage's character - he barges onto the island and tries to throw his police weight around, with no plan, no actual authority to enforce the non-existent plan plan, and no backup. Not even a token visit to the local police to explain why he's there. ** Again, he's allergic to bees, yet goes to an island famous for...bee keeping.
5th Dec '15 6:26:46 AM morenohijazo
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* WeatherSavesTheDay: In a WhatCouldHaveBeen scenario, after reading the completed script, the studio wanted a change: a sudden thunderstorm to put out the burning Wicker Man, and save Howie's life at the last minute so that the movie could have a more positive ending. The scene was filmed as written.
23rd Nov '15 9:43:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/NeilLaBute that [[InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].
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* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/NeilLaBute that [[InTheCompanyOfMen [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].
28th Oct '15 8:43:55 AM gallium
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* WholePlotReference: More than a little similar to ''Film/EyeOfTheDevil'', a 1966 horror film starring Creator/DavidNiven about a TownWithADarkSecret, featuring a {{Cult}} that holds AFeteWorseThanDeath, concluding with a HumanSacrifice to propitiate the gods in order for the failing crops to become productive again. Possibly averted, as ''The Wicker Man'' was based on a novel called ''Ritual''--but ''Ritual'' was published the year after ''Eye of the Devil'' was released. Regardless of the inspiration, ''The Wicker Man'' is by far the better-remembered film.
28th Oct '15 8:39:41 AM gallium
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Scotland Doubling--the aerial shots from the sequence in which Howie flies into Summerisle were actually filmed in South Africa, because the film's budget wouldn't allow them, according to director Hardy, "to glue blossom to that many trees".

* PlayingAgainstTheType: Pious, {{Badass}}, manly, descended-from-Charlemagne Christian Christopher Lee is playing a murderous, scheming Pagan overlord who sings bawdy songs. And he also cross dresses. And performs folk dancing. -->'''Christopher Lee:''' One must try everything once, with the exception of incest and ''folk dancing''.

* RiddleForTheAges: Why ''was'' Willow trying to seduce Howie? [[spoiler:As a SecretTestOfCharacter to prove he was a perfect sacrifice? If Howie caved, it would ruin the sacrifice, so was she warning him? Was she genuinely attracted to him despite being the village bicycle? None of these questions are answered.]]
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* RiddleForTheAges: Why ''was'' Willow trying to seduce Howie? [[spoiler:As a SecretTestOfCharacter to prove he was a perfect sacrifice? If Howie caved, it would ruin the sacrifice, so was she warning him? Maybe trying to ''save'' him by ruining him for the sacrifice? Was she genuinely attracted to him despite being the village bicycle? None of these questions are answered.]]

* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} * [[CaliforniaDoubling Scotland Doubling]]: The aerial shots from the sequence in which Howie flies into Summerisle were actually filmed in South Africa, because the film's budget wouldn't allow them, according to director Hardy, "to glue blossom to that many trees".
28th Oct '15 8:33:38 AM gallium
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Howie. It actually becomes a plot point.

* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted (in the original, but not the remake), using the audiences' expectations against them.
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted (in the original, but not the remake), using the audiences' expectations against them.Averted with Howie. It actually becomes a plot point.
12th Oct '15 8:57:24 PM AdamC
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* VirginPower: As a staunch Christian, Howie is a firm opponent of sex before marriage and displays strength of will by keeping to his beliefs. [[spoiler: In spite of being quite opposed to Howie's belief, the Pagan residents of Summerisle also think think his purity gives him certain spiritual qualities.]]

* MyGodYouAreSerious: Creator/ChristopherLee, who played Lord Summerisle in the original, got this reaction when he mentioned the remake at a press conference.
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* MyGodYouAreSerious: Creator/ChristopherLee, who played Lord Summerisle in the original, got this reaction when he mentioned the (at-that-point-not-yet-made) remake at a press conference.
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